Christmas Lemon Cupcakes

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I love this time of year and have been really getting into the festive baking spirit recently. I have a long list of goodies I want to bake and with Christmas fast approaching, I better get a move on!

I think adding a little christmassy touch to simple recipes completely transforms a bake. And you can’t get any better than having cupcakes, gingerbread and candy canes all in one recipe!

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First on my list of christmassy bakes were these cupcakes. They’d make the cutest gifts and with the process being super easy, there’s no excuse not to give them a try!

For the cupcakes, I used a really simple lemon cupcake recipe, piped on a little buttercream and to add that festive feel, I topped it off with these mini gingerbread men and these mini candy canes which I picked up from the supermarket.

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The following ingredients are enough to make and decorate around 12 cupcakes (depending on size).

For the cupcakes:

You will need –

  • 125g Self Raising Flour
  • 125g Soft Butter
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • Finely Grated Zest of 1 Small Lemon

Step 1: Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

Step 2: Mix together the butter and caster sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

Step 3: Beat in the eggs and milk a little at a time, if the mixture looks slightly scrambled add in a spoonful of flour and mix.

Step 4: Sieve the flour into the mixture and fold through, being careful not to overmix.

Step 5: Stir through the lemon zest.

Step 6: Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.

Step 6: Bake the cakes for 20/25 mins. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to cool

For the buttercream, you can find the recipe in my “Simple Cupcakes” post.

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And there you have it, simple christmassy cupcakes that are sure to get you in the festive mood!

B xx

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